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Contact Information

101 4th Street SE
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-6800
Fax: 507-328-6975

Law Enforcement response
provided 24/7 

Lobby hours:
Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Dial 911 For Emergencies
Department Contacts

Narcotics Tip Line
(This is a voicemail only line to leave tips or information)

Crime Stoppers

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Careers & Recruitment

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Visit the City of Rochester's employment page for current career openings.

Applications are accepted online.  For an instructional video and additional information about applying online, please visit the City of Rochester's employment page.  From this page, open the full- and part-time opportunities page and scroll thru the available job titles to begin your application.  Please note that if you have applied online previously, it is not necessary to create a new application.  Your prior information may be edited/updated for use with this opportunity.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact our Human Resources Department by calling (507) 328-2555 or by visiting their office at 201 4th St. SE, Rochester, MN 55904.


Submit an Electronic Job Interest Card 

The Rochester Police Department is always looking for qualified recruits.  If you are interested in employment with our Department then we encourage you to submit an electronic job interest card.  This information will be maintained by the City of Rochester for a period of one year.  It will be used to notify you of job openings as they become available.  This includes the Police Department as well as other departments in the city.

Nature of Work

Protecting life and property, maintaining order, preventing crimes, apprehending criminals, and enforcing laws and ordinances in a manner consistent with our mission statement. 



Click here to review the 2019-2021 LELS Police Contract.


Officers are able to obtain family medical and dental coverage with the City of Rochester covering a substantial majority of the cost.  The City provides life insurance for employees at no cost.


Retirement Benefits 

Excellent retirement benefits are provided through the Minnesota Public Employee's Association Police & Fire Fund.  There is a small employee contribution to the fund.  There is an additional employer contribution.  In general, retirement benefits are 3% of the average salary earned over the highest five earning years multiplied by the total number of years of service.  Vested employees can retire at age 50 with minor penalties for early retirement or with full benefits at age 55.  For more specific information contact the Minnesota Public Employees Retirement Association. 


Optional employer-sponsored deferred compensation plans are available to supplement retirement benefits.


Work Schedule

Newly hired officers will be assigned to the Patrol Division.  The Patrol Division works a 12-hour schedule with four days on and four days off.  The standard work year is 2,184 hours.  Two patrol platoons work rotating schedules, one works permanent day shifts and one works permanent night shifts.


Residency Requirement 

There is no prescribed residency requirement for Police Department employees.  Officers are able to live within whatever commuting distance they find tolerable.


Size of Department 

Budgeted for 140.5 sworn police personnel consisting of 1 Police Chief, 3 Captains, 9 Lieutenants, 25 Sergeants, and 102.5 Police Officers.  There are presently 60 non-sworn support staff including 10 Community Service Officers.  Our total full-time equivalent strength is 200.5.


Police Officer License & Out-of-state Reciprocity Testing 

Applicants do not need to be MN POST licensed to submit an employment application.  An applicant must be eligible to be licensed as a police officer in Minnesota no later than 30 days after date of hire. 


Applicants who are licensed as police officers in other states or who have served as military police for five years or more may be eligible to take the MN POST license reciprocity examination.


We recommend that you check with the MN POST Board for details concerning license eligibility and reciprocity issues.



For questions about initial training, work schedules, specialty assignments, or other issues relating to the profession, the Rochester Police Department or police operations, etc., please contact the Police Department Staff Development Unit at (507) 328-6896.  You can also send an email message to  


For questions regarding employee benefits, hiring schedules, etc., please contact our Human Resources Department  at (507) 328-2555.  You can also send an email message to  


EEOP Short Form 

The Rochester Police Department is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Copies of the department's Equal Employment Opportunity Short Form are available upon request and also from the link below:

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